Questions about Porcelain Inlays and Onlays

Dentist Serving Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie and Nearby Areas of Alberta

What are porcelain inlays and onlays?

Porcelain inlays and onlays are dental restorations used to protect teeth that have been damaged by decay.

Are porcelain inlays and onlays fillings?

Yes and no. They perform the same role as traditional amalgam or modern composite fillings, but they are made differently. They are often called “indirect” restorations because they are manufactured outside your mouth and bonded to your teeth, unlike “direct” restorations—fillings—that are packed into your cavity once decay has been removed.

What is the difference between inlays and onlays?

It is a distinction of whether the restoration covers one or more cusps (high points) of a tooth. Inlays do not extend onto a cusp, but onlays do.

What are the benefits of porcelain inlays and onlays?

Porcelain inlays and onlays offer many benefits over traditional fillings, such as:

  • Increased strength
  • Greater longevity
  • More natural appearance
  • Better seal
  • Ensure quality seal over cavities between teeth

In addition, porcelain inlays and onlays are good alternatives to dental crowns in many situations. Using an inlay or onlay can help you preserve more natural tooth structure.

What are the disadvantages of porcelain inlays and onlays?

There are a few drawbacks to this type of restoration. They are not completed in a single visit, and they are also slightly more expensive than fillings.

What is the process for restorations using porcelain inlays or onlays?

During your first visit, your dentist will remove damaged tooth material and ensure that no bacteria remain in the area to be filled. Then, using the iTero digital impression system (not plaster casts), your dentist will design the restoration. Your teeth will be fitted with a temporary filling, and the impressions will be sent to a digital lab.

When your restoration is ready, you will return to our office and the inlay or onlay will be bonded in place.

If you live in Calgary, Alberta and want to learn whether porcelain inlays or onlays are right for you, please contact Aesthetic Dental Studio through our online form or call 403-543-4600 today. Our office is conveniently located in Dalhousie Station Mall.